March 2, 2008
Sheldon’s ANSYS.NET Tips and Tricks: Meshing in Workbench
Mechanical users have long enjoyed access to a variety of powerful meshing tools inside of ANSYS to generate high-quality shell, tetrahedral, and swept meshes. During the past several years, meshing in ANSYS Workbench Simulation has not only grown to encompass traditional meshing algorithms in ANSYS but has also developed many features requested by ANSYS users as well as integrated meshing technologies from ANSYS CFX and ANSYS ICEM CFD. ANSYS Workbench Simulation 11.0 (a.k.a. ANSYS Workbench Meshing 11.0) offers users a wealth of meshing capabilities
, including the following:
Physics-based meshing & element shape checking
Higher degree of mesh sizing controls
Patch-independent surface and volume meshing
Additional controls for sweep meshing of solid-shell elements This memo hopes to cover some meshing topics pertinent for mechanical users, although the user should keep in mind that Workbench Simulation offers various meshing tools for CFD, Electromagnetic, and Explicit Dynamics users as well.
2. Physics-based Meshing Preferences & Element Shape Checking:
ANSYS users are familiar with the fact that meshing in ANSYS requires that the user select the appropriate element type first, and the meshing algorithms and conservative shape checking criteria are typically independent of the physics of the problem. On the other hand, ANSYS Workbench Simulation provides users with the ability to set default global meshing options under the Details view of the “Mesh” branch that is dependent on the analysis physics. ANSYS Workbench can generate meshes for structural, thermal, electromagnetics, explicit dynamics, or CFD analyses, but the meshing considerations vary for each. For example, lower-order elements with a finer mesh density tend to be used in CFD whereas higher-order elements with a coarser mesh density may be preferred in structural analyses. For each physics, different criteria are used for element shape checking in order to ensure that the elements provide accurate results for that particular analysis.
For mechanical users, “Standard” and “Aggressive” shape checking are also available: “Standard” shape checking is suitable for linear analyses, but “Aggressive” shape checking provides more conservative element shape-checking criteria to account for possible distortion of the elements during nonlinear analyses.
For a more comprehensive discussion on meshing options in ANSYS Workbench, refer to “ANSYS Workbench Help > Meshing Help” documentation
See ANSYS Workbench Help: “Meshing Help | Meshing Capabilities in Workbench | Mesh Controls | Global Mesh Controls”